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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Past News

Costa Announces That CA Water Legislation Has Been Enacted into Law

FRESNO, CA - Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act was signed by the President and enacted into law.  The WIIN Act includes language to assist in reducing the impacts of California’s drought crisis and to build additional long-term drought resiliency:

Costa, Local Ag Leaders Urge Senate to Pass California Water Legislation

FRESNO, CA – Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) and Valley water and agriculture leaders held a press conference to urge the United States Senate to support the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act with language to assist in reducing the impacts of California’s drought crisis and to build additional long-term drought resiliency.

Costa Launches Annual Holiday Card Drive for Local Heroes

 

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) announced a holiday card drive for Valley law enforcement, service members and veterans. As we celebrate the holiday season, Rep. Costa invites residents of the 16th Congressional District to show appreciation to those keep our community and country safe.  The cards will be delivered to wounded service members and veterans receiving care at the Fresno VA Medical Center and to local law enforcement agencies.

Congressmen Jim Costa and Ted Poe Applaud the Passage of the Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016

Washington, DC – Today Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), and Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) released the following statement following the passage of the bi-partisan Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016 (JFA) by the HouseJFA strengthens crime victims’ rights and programs, by increasing access to restitution to federal crime victims, and reauthorizes programs used to notify crime victims that they have the right to be heard in court, with legal assistance.

Costa Supports Legislative Action to Suspend Efforts to Reclaim California National Guard Bonuses

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) joined Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28) and California Representatives in introducing the National Guard Bonus Repayment and Financial Relief Act. The legislation would halt the Army from recouping funds from members of the Army National Guard who, in good faith, received bonuses and education benefits that they were not eligible to receive.

Costa Statement on the 2016 Election

FRESNO, CA – Today, Rep. Jim Costa released the following statement on the 2016 election:

“In the United States, the American people put their full faith and trust in one another to elect our President.

“Secretary Hillary Clinton made history as the first female Presidential nominee of a major political party and her tireless efforts throughout her career have resulted in breaking glass ceilings for millions of Americans. I commend and thank Secretary Clinton for serving our nation with pride and grace.

Costa Announces $327,000 for Centro La Familia and Latino Survivors of Sexual Violence

FRESNO, CA – Today, Rep. Jim Costa announced that Centro La Familia has been awarded a $327,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. The Sexual Assault Culturally Specific Program grant creates, maintains, and expands sustainable sexual assault services provided by organizations that are uniquely situated to respond to the needs of sexual assault victims from culturally specific populations.

Costa Supports Funding Bill for Zika, Veterans and to Keep Government Open

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2017 Continuing Resolution. The legislation includes the FY17 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act as well as funding for Zika response efforts. The Continuing Resolution will maintain government funding at its current spend rate through December 9, 2016.

Costa Says Recognition for Hmong Veterans in VA Bill is Positive Step

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Jim Costa’s (CA-16) bill language in the Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act was introduced as part of the Supporting, Employing, and Recognizing Veterans in Communities Everywhere (SERVICE) Act, HR 6062. The SERVICE Act was introduced by Acting Ranking Member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41).   

Costa, Denham, McClintock to CA SWRCB: Lack of Public Hearing “Unacceptable”

MODESTO, CA — Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16), Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10), and Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-4) today submitted a letter to the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) in response to its revised Draft Substitute Environmental Document (SED) that supports of Phase 1 of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan.

Reps. Costa, Denham, and McClintock released the following statement:

Costa Announces $10.3 Million for Crime Victims in California

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, announced that the State of California is the recipient of $10.3 million in Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) federal grant funding. The VOCA victim compensation grants provide victims with financial assistance for medical care, mental health counseling, lost wages, and funeral and burial costs.

Rep. Costa Says Congress Must Provide Emergency Assistance to Fight Catastrophic Wildfires

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in response to the announcement made by the United States Forest Service that since October 2015 an additional 26 million trees have perished in California as a result of four consecutive years of drought and bark beetle infestation, bringing the total to at least 66 million dead trees since 2010.

Rep. Costa Calls on the Administration to Reexamine Harmful Actions

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) and fifteen members of the California House delegation sent a letter to U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker regarding proposed actions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that, if implemented, will significantly reduce the water supply available to Californians.

Rep. Costa, Federal and State Agencies Work Together to Bolster Efforts to Suppress Wildfires in California

Fresno, CA — Today, Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) released the following statement after meeting with federal and state agency leaders to discuss ways to continue and expand efforts to address the millions of dead trees in California. In addition to Rep. Costa, the meeting had over 40 participants including: Randy Moore, Pacific Southwest Regional Forester, U.S. Forest Service; Chief Ken Pimlott, Director, CAL FIRE; and Jeff Lusk, Mitigation Division Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region IX.  

Reps. Costa and Valadao Support Drainage Settlement to Protect Agricultural Land

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Jim Costa (CA-16) and David Valadao (CA-21) testified at the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans legislative hearing on H.R. 4366, the San Luis Unit Drainage Resolution, introduced by Rep. Valadao and H.R. 5217, the San Luis Unit Drainage Resolution Act, introduced by Rep.

Costa Questions Species Recovery Effectiveness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At today’s U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) questioned the Deputy Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Jim Kurth, and the Assistant Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Fisheries, Eileen Sobeck regarding other stressors impeding species recovery efforts and the lack of focus on those stressors compared to the focus on reductions in water supplies for the San Joaquin Valley.